In February 2008 Brit used broadband for 19 hours 40 minutes

52% of Britons online are on a connection speed between 512Kb and 2Mb. 33% are on a connection speed between 2Mb and 8Mb, according to Nielsen. The faster the connection speed, the more time people spend online – those on the fastest speed (over 8Mb) averaged 22% more time online than those on the lowest (?128Kb). In February 2008, Britons using dial-up averaged 16 hours 7 minutes online, whereas those on Super Fast broadband averaged 19 hours 40 minutes

44% of Americans say Internet outage would disrupt their lives

Most internet users age 45 or older say content online serves less their needs and interests than those of younger persons, according to a Burst Media. 67.7% of internet users age 45 or older say their daily routine would be disrupted if their online access was taken away for one week (42.9% say “significantly”) – with “the oldest segment looking very much like the youngest segment”. Some 43.9% of those age 55+ surveyed say there would be significant disruption in their lives if internet access were taken away.

US Internet usage in March 2008

Home & Work,
March 2008
Home & Work,
February 2008
Growth, MTM
Sessions/Visits per Person 60 58 3.5
Domains Visited per Person 105 104 1.0
Web Pages per Person 2,437 2370 2.8
Duration of a Web Page Viewed 0:00:52 0:00:53 -0.6
PC Time per Person 19:42:28 17:38:32 3.2
Active Digital Media Universe 164.6 mln 162.3 mln 1.4
Current Digital Media Universe Estimate 221.3 mln 220.6 mln 0.3
Source: Nielsen

19 mln new broadband lines in EU in 2007

European Union added 19 mln broadband lines in 2007, the equivalent of more than 50,000 households a day. Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Luxembourg and France all now have higher broadband penetration than the US. European telecommunications market is now worth 300 bln euros, or $474 bln, 2% of European gross domestic product. EU broadband rates vary from 35.6 lines per hundred inhabitants in Denmark to 7.6 in Bulgaria.

70% of young Brits log onto social networking sites

Over 70% of 18-24 year-olds in UK with internet access at home say they log on to sites such as MySpace, Bebo or Facebook  regularly, but only 6% of the over 65s.  Social networking is already the seventh most widespread internet activity, carried on by 35% of all home internet users, but one of the most strongly age-related. Over 36% of broadband homes are already using social networking against only 14% of dial-up ones.  This suggests there are about 5.3 mln homes enjoying internet social networking in the UK, of which barely 200,000 still rely on dial-up, Point Topic says.

US broadband access by demographic groups

76% of American adults (those age 18 and older) reported using the internet, according to the Pew Internet Project. And 24% say they do not use the internet. 59% of internet users go online at least once a day from home, and 43% say they use it that often from work.

Demographic group Internet access Broadband access
Men 78% 79%
Women 75% 75%
Whites 78% 78%
Blacks 68% 68%
English-speaking Latinos 75% 73%
Gen Y (age 18-30) 91% 79%
Gen X (31-42) 90% 84%
Boomers (43-61) 79% 76%
Matures (62-71) 56% 65%
After work (71+) 29% 54%
Household earns less than $40,000 61% 62%
Household earns more than $40,000 91% 86%
Less than HS diploma 41% 61%
HS diploma 69% 73%
Some college 86% 78%
College degree + 93% 83%
Rural 66% 64%
Suburban 80% 79%
Urban 76% 79%

55% of all Americans have broadband Internet access

77% of the home internet users – or 55% of all Americans – have high speed access via cable modem, DSL, a wireless connection, a satellite link or some other way, according to the Pew Internet Project. Some 18% of home users say they have dial-up access and 5% said they had some other type of access or did not know the specifics of their access at home. 64% of Americans have broadband access at home and/or at work. The remaining 36% either have dial-up access (13%) or no access at all (23%).

Only 48% of high-school graduates have broadband

Among those with household incomes less than $40,000, 57% are grouped as having low-access to the Internet and 43% are high-access. Among those in households earning $40,000 and up, 19% are low-access and 81% are high-access, according to the Pew Internet Project. By education: half of those with at most a high school degree (52%) are low-access, while only 18% of those with a college degree fall into the category. By race and ethnicity: African-Americans are much more likely to be low-access: 48% have such limited access, compared with 52% who have high-access.

% of group in each category Total Low-access No Access Dial-up only High-access
Income < $40,000 57% 39% 18% 43%
Income $40,000+ 19% 9% 10% 81%
High School diploma or less 52% 39% 13% 48%
Some college 29% 15% 14% 71%
College degree or more 18% 7% 11% 82%
African-Americans 48% 32% 16% 52%
Generation Y (Age 18-30) 20% 9% 12% 80%
Generation X (31-42) 21% 10% 11% 79%
Baby Boomers (43-61) 36% 21% 15% 64%
Matures (62-71) 61% 44% 17% 39%
After Work (72+) 80% 71% 9% 20%

96% of California households have access to broadband

96% of households have basic broadband access, placing California as a leader in broadband availability among all 50 states. Nearly 2,000 communities are still unable to access high-speed internet, only half of Californians have access to broadband at speeds greater than 10 Mbps, and even though availability rates are at 96%, just over half of California households use broadband, California Broadband Task Force reports.

61% of broadband Internet users watch online video

61% of broadband Internet users either watch or download online video content at least once a week, according to Horowitz Associates. 86% do so on a monthly basis, compared to 45% and 71%, respectively, in the 2006 study. 70% of Internet users who watch TV online say do so because they missed the episode on TV. 18% of these respondents say they watch TV shows online to watch them again after having watched them on TV. 20% watch TV shows online just when they happen to find them or when someone else tells them about them. 13% of Internet users who watch TV shows online say they watch them directly online, and not on regular TV.


92 mln Europeans have broadband in 2007

Radicati Group finds that in 2007 the Western European broadband installed base counts 92 mln broadband Internet lines. This is projected to grow to 118 Million lines and a total market revenue of 34.6 bln in 2011.

Consumer broadband value-added services up 81% in 2006

The market for consumer broadband value-added services (BVAS) grew by 81% during 2006, Point Topic reports. With over $16 billion in revenues, consumer BVAS became increasingly essential to the financial success of broadband services. Altogether, consumer BVAS brought in more than 25% as much revenue as basic broadband access during 2006. Telephone (Voice over IP, VoIP) and TV services (IPTV) and online gaming all did well. The run-rate for consumer BVAS revenues increased by almost 81% during 2006, from $11.9 billion at the start of the year to $21.6 billion at the end of the year. This was steeper than the growth rate for the number of consumer broadband lines (34% to 246 million) or the run-rate of broadband access revenues (32% to $71 billion) during 2006.

Home networks to grow 35% in 2007

Driven by ever increasing numbers of residential broadband subscribers, the desire to share bandwidth, and falling prices for networking equipment, the worldwide installed base of home networks is expected to grow by over 35% in 2007. Worldwide CPE unit shipments grew almost 20% in 2006 to 127 mln. By 2011, annual CPE revenue will be dominated by gateways, with gateways garnering over half of the worldwide revenue. By 2011, we expect routers to still be comprised of a higher share of wireless units than DSL gateways. Asia/Pacific’s share of routers will continue to increase through 2011. This region’s router market is increasingly being driven by China, due to that region’s annual rise in the number of home networks. Worldwide home LAN PHY interface shipments will surpass 500 mln in 2010, In-Stat says.

1.4 mln UK households dropped dial-up in 6 months

Point Topic estimates that over 1.4 mln internet-access homes have dropped dial-up in the last six months, leaving about 2.2 mln relying on it in the UK. Another third will migrate to broadband (or drop home internet access altogether) over the next six months. At this rate consumer dial-up numbers will be down to 1.5 mln by the end of 2007 and 700,000 by the end of 2008.